In March, the Chargers fortified their secondary when they signed veteran free safety Dwight Lowery to a three-year contract.
Over an eight-year career that includes stints with the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts, Lowery has logged 383 tackles, 16 interceptions, 58 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles and he’s returned three interceptions for touchdowns. Over the last two seasons (2014-15) with the Falcons and Colts, Lowery played in all 32 games with 31 starts, while posting his top two tackle seasons – 85 in 2014 and 83 in 2015 – and recording six interceptions. Lowery was one of only seven Colts players to start all 16 games in 2015.
Four of Lowery’s 16 career interceptions, including a 69-yard return for a touchdown in 2015, have come against Tennessee. The Chargers will face the Titans in 2016
Of Lowery’s 16 career interceptions, perhaps the most memorable was the one that he returned 26 yards for a score off the right arm of Brett Favre to give the New York Jets their final points late in the fourth quarter in a 29-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football in 2010.
Early in his football career, there was evidence that Lowery had a bright future. As a prep at Soquel (Calif.) High School, Lowery had seven touchdowns in a game. Several years later as a junior at San Jose State, he snagged a school-record nine interceptions in a single season. And as a rookie with the New York Jets in 2008, Lowery forced five fumbles, tied for fifth in the NFL.
Off the field, Lowery has dedicated himself to using his platform as an NFL player to mentor youth in his native Santa Cruz (CA) County. He has spent time with kids from his alma mater, Soquel High School, as well as Cabrillo College, where he played prior to attending San Jose State. In 2015, Lowery hosted a youth football camp at Carbrillo.
Lowery’s hobbies include spending time with family and friends, hosting barbeques, playing soccer, hanging out at the beach and watching MMA. Lowery is also an avid Star Wars fan who has seen every movie in the series. He has a significant collection of Star Wars comic books and his favorite character is Darth Vader.
Lowery and his wife, Ashley, have a daughter, Amani, and he is extremely close to his younger sister, Aujanae, who survived open-heart surgery as an infant to correct a heart defect.
Lowery’s wife survived a kidnapping attempt in Portland, Oregon in March 2010. She and a girlfriend were on their way home from a concert when a man who claimed he worked for the Portland Police Bureau offered them a ride home. The women accepted the stranger’s offer and once in the car, he pulled a knife and took them to a deserted road off Interstate 5 where he tried to assault them. Thankfully the women were able to fight off their kidnapper and escape. The case became a national story as it was featured on the TV show America’s Most Wanted.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Fourth-round pick by New York Jets (113), April 27, 2008...signed with Jets, July 16...traded to Jacksonville, Sept. 3, 2011...contract expired March 13, 2012...re-signed with Jaguars, March 16...waived Nov. 4, 2013...signed with Atlanta, April 8, 2014...contract expired March 10, 2015...signed with Colts, April 6, 2015...contract expired March 9, 2016...signed three-year contract with Chargers, March 10.
2015: Sept. 27 at Tennessee, intercepted two passes, including 69-yard touchdown return for 14-0 lead in 35-33 win...first multi-interception game...second interception in fourth quarter gave Colts ball at Titans’ 11...touchdown on very next play gave Colts 28-27 lead...two passes defensed vs. Titans...fourth-quarter sack vs. Tom Brady to force punt, tackle for loss and tied season-high with nine tackles Oct. 18 vs. New England...interception in end zone off deflected pass Nov. 22 at Atlanta...late fourth-quarter interception off Jameis Winston in 25-12 win over Tampa Bay Nov. 29.
2014: Interception, pass defensed and quarterback hit Nov. 9 at Tampa Bay...interception, two quarterback hits and pass defensed Nov. 30 vs. Arizona...season-high 13 tackles and forced fumble Dec. 8 in Monday Night Football game at Green Bay...sack and forced fumble in 30-14 win at New Orleans Dec. 21.
2013: Tackle for loss, fumble recovery and pass defensed Sept. 15 at Oakland...placed on “Reserve-Injured” Oct. 8.
2012: Season-high 10 tackles in Sept. 9 season-opener at Minnesota...two passes defensed Sept. 23 at Indianapolis...fourth-quarter interception Nov. 25 vs. Tennessee...placed on “Reserve-Injured” Dec. 22.
2011: Sealed 16-14 victory over Tennessee in Jaguars debut Sept. 11 with interception vs. Matt Hasselbeck with 23 seconds left in fourth quarter...season-high three passes defensed Sept. 25 at Carolina...season-high 11 tackles, two passes defensed and tackle for loss Oct. 2 at New Orleans...interception off Andy Dalton and 30-yard return to Bengals’ two to set up field goal Oct. 9 vs. Cincinnati...sack Oct. 24 vs. Baltimore.
2010: Sack vs. Ryan Fitzpatrick Oct. 3 at Buffalo...with 1:30 left in fourth quarter of Monday Night Football game Oct. 11 at Minnesota, picked off Brett Favre and raced 26 yards for first NFL touchdown and final points in 29-20 win...sack vs. Aaron Rodgers Oct. 31 vs. Green Bay...second TD of season Dec. 26 at Chicago, picking off Jay Cutler and returning 20 yards for score...interception on final defensive play of season to seal 38-7 win over Buffalo Jan. 2...two passes defensed in AFC Divisional Playoffs Jan. 16 at New England.
2009: Overtime interception off Ryan Fitzpatrick Oct. 18 vs. Buffalo...pick Dec. 27 off Curtis Painter at Indianapolis...played major role in holding Cincinnati to zero net passing yards Jan. 3, including interception off Carson Palmer.
2008: NFL debut as starter and had three passes defensed Sept. 7 at Miami...forced fumbles Sept. 28 vs. Arizona and Nov. 2 at Buffalo...first NFL interception vs. Denver’s Jay Cutler Nov. 30...season-high two FFs Dec. 21 at Seattle.
COLLEGE: First-team AFCA All-America and first-team All-Western Athletic Conference as senior...third-team AP All-America and first-team All-WAC after school-record nine interceptions as junior...started 25 games at San Jose State from 2006-07 and recorded 13 interceptions, 14 passes defensed, three fumble recoveries and 92 tackles, 147 interception return yards and interception return for touchdown...added 315 return yards and touchdown on 24 punt returns...played two seasons (2004-05) at Cabrillo College, totaling 13 interceptions, 95 tackles, two fumble recoveries, six passes defensed...scored touchdowns on blocked punt, blocked field goal and kickoff return...sociology major.
PERSONAL: Born in Santa Cruz, Calif....20 career interceptions at Soquel (Calif.) High...county-record seven interceptions in game vs. Sacred Heart...lettered three years in basketball.